Visiting Friends trip to the New Forest

Mick Chalcroft in the New Forest

On Monday 21 August the team from our Visiting Friends service in Surrey, along with volunteers, organised a trip for some beneficiaries to the New Forest. The group had a wonderful time exploring the beautiful countryside of the forest, seeing the ponies roam free and enjoyed a tipple in a local pub.

Mick Chalcroft, a beneficiary of the service who turns 80 later this year, joined the trip. Mick is part of a monthly get together hosted by Friends of the Elderly and volunteers at the communal lounge of the sheltered housing scheme in which he lives. He has recently suffered poor health, which he has been receiving treatment for. Due to this, Mick was uncertain whether he would be well enough for the outing as he tires easily. However, when the day of the trip came he really felt he wanted to get out of his flat so decided to join the outing.

When he was dropped off at the end of the day, Mick said: “It’s been the best medicine for me – it’s helped me get out and have a laugh. I enjoyed the trip as I haven’t been to the New Forest for many a year and most of all I haven’t been moping in my flat on my own all day. This trip has actually done me the world of good, I’m very glad I went along.”

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